SIZE COMPARISON OF 20 POPULAR PRESIDENTIAL PALACES IN EUROPE


Europe is home to numerous palaces and castles that housed royalties and heads of state. This article will feature an analysis of the different presidential palaces in Europe, but please note that this does not include castles of the sovereign monarchies.  


RankName of Presidential PalaceCountryArea (in sq. m.)Year
1Hofburg PalaceAustria240,00013th century
2Presidential Complex (Ak Saray)Turkey200,0202014
3Quirinal PalaceItaly110,5001583
4Mariyinsky PalaceUkraine100,0001752
5Prague CastleCzech Republic70,000870
6Palace of Independence (Minsk)Belarus53,7782013
7Presidential MansionGreece27,0001897
8Grand Kremlin PalaceRussia25,0001849
9Ceremonial Palace of GeorgiaGeorgia22,0002009
10Presidential Palace, ZagrebCroatia3,7001964
11Presidency Building, SarajevoBosnia and Herzegovina3,0821886
12Presidential Palace, HelsinkiFinland3,0001845
13Élysée PalaceFrance1,0221722
14Presidential Palace, TiranaAlbaniaunknown1941
15Bellevue Palace (Germany)Germanyunknown1786
16Áras an UachtaráinIrelandunknown1751
17Riga CastleLatviaunknown1515
18San Anton PalaceMaltaunknown1625
19BelwederPolandunknown1822
20Belém PalacePortugalunknown18th century

Largest Presidential Palaces In Europe

Most presidential residences in our list are pretty large because they were former imperial palaces that served as homes of royalties. It is also difficult to conclude which is the largest among them because the data for some countries are not available. But from the recorded information, here is what we found out:

Hofburg Palace, located in Vienna, Austria, is the largest known presidential palace in Europe, measuring 240,000 square meters. It served as the official residence of the President of Austria since 1946. Next in line is the Presidential Complex (Ak Saray) in Ankara, Turkey, which measures 200,020 square meters. It is also the latest and most expensive presidential complex built, inaugurated in 2014, and was said to have cost $1.2 billion. On the 3rd spot is Quirinal Palace in Rome, Italy, measuring 110,500 square meters. According to Wikipedia, it is the 11th largest palace in the world. In addition, the Mariyinsky Palace in Kyiv, Ukraine, is in 4th rank at 100,000 square meters. 

On the other hand, some presidential residences do not have information on their size or area. Some of those are Riga Castle in Latvia, the famous Bellevue Palace of Germany, Belém Palace in Portugal, and Belweder of Poland. They are, however, included in our list as they are huge and are worth mentioning. 

Hofburg Palace (by: Bwag/Wikipedia)
Presidential Complex/Ak Saray (by: Metuboy/Wikipedia)
Mariyinski Palace (by: Roman Naumov/WIkipedia)

Earliest Built

The earliest built presidential residence is the Prague Castle. It was built in 870 and was renovated several times. It is the largest ancient castle in the world, according to Wikipedia. Today, it still functions as the official office of the President of the Czech Republic. 

Others built during the 13th to 17th centuries are Hofburg Palace, San Anton Palace, Riga Castle, and Quirinal Palace

Prague Castle (by: Andrew Shiva/Wikipedia)
Riga Castle (by: Diego Delso/Wikipedia)
Quirinal Palace (by: Wolfgang Moroder/Wikipedia)

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References:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Presidential_palace

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